On April 13, the House Energy & Commerce Committee wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Xavier Becerra, urging HHS to enforce the hospital price transparency rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The final rule became effective on Jan. 1.
The final rule requires hospitals to make their third-party negotiated rates for items and services publicly available online in two ways. In order to comply, hospitals must post the following information on their websites:
- A comprehensive machine-readable file that includes all standard charges for all hospital items and services
- A searchable display of standard charges for at least 300 “shoppable” services
CMS indicated that it does not anticipate providing waivers or hardship exceptions to the requirements and began compliance monitoring activities in January.
CHA has developed resources to help hospitals comply with the rule and key messages for addressing patient and media questions about the requirement.